Letter: Support Honest Beef Labeling | Letters to the Editor

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US Senator Cramer, R-ND, MCOOL can’t wait. We need action NOW!

The fight to regain mandatory country of origin (MCOOL) labeling for beef has been an uphill battle since its repeal in 2016. Currently, beef grown in the United States is labeled Product of USA because it is packaged on American soil but mixed with inferior beef imported from overseas. ; improve the profits of the packers and not of the breeders. This February 22, Senator Cramer hosted members of the North Dakota Farm Bureau, the Dakota Resource Council, the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association and the Independent Beef Association in Bismarck and discussed the American Beef Labeling Act aka Senate Bill 2716 (a bill that would bring MCOOL back). Cramer said he appreciates their input and looks forward to working with them to find lasting solutions to the challenges they face.

A month after that meeting, Cramer still has no answer on how he will vote on the American Beef Labeling Act or whether he supports MCOOL. The question on the minds of North Dakota is what is its relationship to breeders and consumers? Our Senator John Hoeven joined nine other co-sponsors of this bipartisan bill. Consumers are very attentive to the origin of their food. Polls have shown that MCOOL has at least an 80% approval rating.

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This is an opportunity for Senator Cramer to stand with farmers and consumers and tell them they have a friend in Washington who will make sure they know where their meat comes from. Right now, breeders are sheltered from the elements during calving to ensure quality meat stays on grocery store shelves. We’re doing our part, Senator Cramer, will you?

Travis and Karen Anderson, Warwick

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